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Musician Sweetman cries foul over no-show

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Reggie musician Sweetman real name Goodwin Harawa has cried foul alleging that Chileka based reggae group Black Missionaries failed to give him a chance to perform during the opening of the Flamez of Faya Entertainment Centre in Blantyre on Friday.

The musician who was billed to perform during the official opening said his fans were disappointed on the day as there was no show for him.

“I am not happy with what happened because I was on the lineup to perform on the night and was told that I would be given space but was surprised that after Black Missionaries jumped on stage they never gave me a chance and perform until late before the equipment was removed. As artists we need to love one another,” said Sweetman.

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He said he waited with his Slashers band hoping they would be given a chance but to no avail.

“This is not the first time this has happened, Black Missionaries need to learn to work with other artists and not take them as a threat. Music is not a competition but it’s a mission and we are all there to entertain but also at the same time preach to the masses. I therefore would like to apologise to fans for no show it was not our own making,” said Sweetman, who has three albums to his credit including Voice of the Prophet.

The artist who says he holds a certificate in music also revealed that he is set to release his album Lovers ground.

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Asked if he made any attempts to contact the organisers, Sweetman said he tried but they were busy with selling tickets during the show such that they could not help him.

“I tried my best to raise the issue after noticing that time was running out but they told me I should wait for Black Missionaries which never gave me space and kept on performing until it was late,” said the musician.

When contacted to shed more light as to why Sweetman was not given space to perform having been billed to perform, one of the organisers Somanje Makata confirmed that the artist did not play but he said this happened because there was no proper coordination on stage.

“I also feel for him because he did not perform but this was because there was no coordination and once Black Missionaries jumped on stage people did not want them to move out and by the time they were finishing there was no time,” said Makata.

But Black Missionaries lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani denied that they failed to give space to Sweetman saying they had no idea there was another artist performing on the night.

All we know is that we were invited to officially open this centre so we had no idea there was another artist on the lineup. Actually what happened is that before we took to the stage, there were some artists who were performing and we came on stage after it was now our time,” said Anjiru.

He said as Black Missionaries they have valued fellow artists and there was no way they could have not given a chance to Sweetman if they knew he was part of the performances on the night.

Black Missionaries performed for close to four hours during the concert with people still calling for more vibes when they were leaving the stage.

They jumped on stage around midnight and had to perform for longer periods in the absence of Anthony Mr Cool Makondetsa who was sick.

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